How To Take Screenshot in Windows
Many of us have thought about taking screenshot quickly, whether it be phones, laptops, desktops, tablets or MacBook. Below are the ways one can take a screenshot quickly.
(The guide works in all versions of Windows: Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.1. if a method works only in one or two working systems, the fact has been highlighted.)
1) Use the keyboard shortcut: PrtScn( print screen ) or Ctrl + PrtScn
This works in all version of windows: on your keyboard, press the PrtScn (Print Screen) key or CTRL+PrtScn keys. Windows creates a screenshot of the whole screen and saves it to the clipboard. Next, open an image editing program like Paint and paste the picture from the clipboard. You can now save it as a file and do basic editing.
2) Use the keyboard shortcut: Windows + PrtScn
If you want to take a screenshot of the whole screen and save it as a file on the hard drive, without using any other tools, then press Windows + PrtScn on your keyboard. Windows stores the screenshot in the Pictures library, in the Screenshots folder. The file is named “Screenshot(number).png,” where the number varies based on how many screenshots you have taken.
3) Use the keyboard shortcut: Alt + PrtScn
You can also take screenshots of the active window. Open the window that you want to capture and press Alt + PrtScn on your keyboard. The screenshot is saved to the clipboard. Open Paint or any other photo editing app and Paste the image so that you can edit it and save it to your Windows computer or device.
If you have a laptop, a tablet or a keyboard with the Fn key, do this instead of the first three methods:
The first three methods should work perfectly well on desktop computers with Windows or on Windows devices with a standard keyboard. However, if you have a laptop or a convertible device with an Fn key, then the PrtScn key does other things too, not just take screenshots. Therefore, when you press the keyboard shortcuts that include PrtScn key, Windows does not take a screenshot. Instead, use one of the following:
- Fn + PrtScn – makes a screenshot of the whole screen and copies it to the clipboard. It is the equivalent of pressing the standard PrtScn key.
- Fn + Windows + PrtScn – takes a screenshot of the whole screen and saves it as a file on the hard drive, without using any other tools. Windows stores the screenshot in the Pictures library, in the Screenshots folder. It is the same as pressing Windows + PrtScn on a standard keyboard.
- Fn + Alt + PrtScn – takes a screenshot of the active window. It is the equivalent of pressing Alt + PrtScn on a standard keyboard.
- On some keyboards, the PrtScn button might not perform two or more actions. However, it will not work until you press Fn lock key. On such keyboards, the Fn key works as a lock for the function and multimedia keys on the top, including the Print Screen key.
- If you have such a keyboard, press the Fn key to unlock the top row of keys and then use the shortcuts we described in the first three sections of this article. They should work now.
- Use the keyboard shortcut: Windows + Shift + S (Windows 10 only) If you use Windows 10, press Windows + Shift + S to capture a region of your screen and copy it to your clipboard. After you press Windows + Shift + S, the screen is dimmed, and a cursor is shown, that you can use to draw on the screen the region that you want to capture in a screenshot. Press the left-click mouse button, draw the area that you want to capture and release the mouse button. If you have a touchscreen, draw the area that you want to capture with your finger (or pen) on the screen.
How To Take Screenshot in Mac
If you’re coming from a Windows PC to a Mac, you might be wondering how to take a screenshot without that Print Screen key on your keyboard. There is a range of screenshot methods — including those for capturing a specific window
Using keyboard commands
macOS keyboard commands are the easiest and quickest way to take a screenshot on a Mac, whether you’re capturing the entire screen or just a portion of it. By default, all of Apple’s own methods will save your screenshot to your desktop. If you just want to copy the screenshot to the clipboard, hold the Control key while you press any of the key combinations given below.
Capture the entire screen
Step 1: Press the Command + Shift + 3 keys simultaneously.
Step 2: That will save a copy of your screen to your desktop. You can alternatively press the same combination with the Control key in order to save the image to your clipboard.
A preview of the screenshot will appear in the corner of your screen giving you quick access to editing tools.
Capture a selected area
Step 1: Press the Command + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously.
Step 2: With your pointer turned into a crosshair, click and drag to select the region you wish to capture. When you let go of your mouse button, the screenshot will be saved to your desktop.
Step 3: Alternatively, if you’re using macOS Mojave or later, press Command + Shift + 5 keys simultaneously to get an on-screen marquee showing what will be captured. This can be moved or resized as necessary. This key combination also gives you a menu with options such as where to save the screenshot, whether to show the pointer and more.
Your selection will then be saved to the desktop. Alternatively, also press the Control key and your screenshot will instead be saved to the clipboard.
Capture a single window
Step 1: Press the Command + Shift + 4 keys simultaneously so that your pointer becomes a crosshair.
Step 2: Press the Spacebar. The pointer will change to a camera icon.
Step 3: You’ll notice that any window you hover over will now be highlighted in blue. This indicates that only this window will be captured in your screenshot.
Step 4: Click on the window you want to screenshot and an image of it will be saved to the desktop. This method doesn’t just capture windows — you can save the desktop, the menu bar, the Dock, or even an open menu by itself. As with other screenshot methods, add Control to the key combination to ensure the image is saved to the clipboard instead of your desktop.
With Grab, you can take a screenshot of a particular section of the screen, an individual window, or the entire screen — the same three options we previously outlined above. What’s new here is the Timed screen option, which gives you a 10-second delay before the screenshot is captured.
This means that if you need to open a menu or position the pointer in the right position, you’ve got some time to do so.
Step 1: Open Grab as in the instructions above.
Step 2: Select Timed Screenshot from the Grab menu, or press its shortcut: Command + Shift + Z.